At Marshgate Primary School we have recognised that touch-typing is a valuable skill and have been teaching it since 2008. It is delivered as part of PPA in lower KS2.
Our children become independent quickly and set themselves up to use the software, keyboard covers and headphones.
We currently us a piece of software called Englishtype. Children can work through the lessons at their own pace and then gradually unlock games which are not only fun but reinforce all the keys they have just learnt. The keys and finger placements are easily taught and with the use of a keyboard covers; this ensures that the children really cannot look and really do learn to touch-type.
Computers are a huge part of a child’s life, at home and in school. Year 6 pupils who have left Marshgate to go on to secondary school have reported that they are able to touch type confidently at their new schools.